Today, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank reported about an incident at a Palin rally that should make the hair stand up straight on the back of your neck. Palin gave a fiery stump speech where she falsely claimed that Obama has close associations with a "terrorist" who sought to bomb the Pentagon and the U.S. Capital:
"Now it turns out, one of his earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers...And, according to the New York Times, he was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, 'launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol."
The crowd responded with boos and threats to Obama's life. One lunatic shouted, "Kill him!"
Instead of stopping the rally right then and there and calming down the crowd, Palin threw fuel on the fire by saying:
"Obama held one of the first meetings of his political career in Bill Ayers's living room, and they've worked together on various projects in Chicago. "These are the same guys who think that patriotism is paying higher taxes -- remember that's what Joe Biden had said. And -- I am just so fearful that this is not a man who sees America the way you and I see America, as the greatest force for good in the world. I'm afraid this is someone who sees America as 'imperfect enough' to work with a former domestic terrorist who had targeted his own country."
Besides the complete fabrication of her tale of terrorism, Palin's attack verges on criminal. Along with the nut who shouted "Kill him!", another crazie in the crowd turned to an African-American man who was recording the rally for a TV station and hurled a vicious racial epithet at him. Disgusting.
And the campaign's response? "It's a dangerous road, but we have no choice," a top McCain strategist recently admitted to the Daily News. "If we keep talking about the economic crisis, we're going to lose."
McCain's hands are just as dirty. While he isn't overtly calling Obama a terrorist on the stump, he is instigating the crowd so they gladly do it for him. In a clip that ran yesterday on MSNBC, McCain asks the fevered crowd, "Who is the real Barack Obama?" A nut in the crowd shouted, "Terrorist!" McCain just stood there and smirked.
God forbid some crazy person left their rally and tried to hunt down Obama and inflict harm, how would McCain and Palin live with themselves? Probably the same way Bush does when he goes to bed every night knowing he's responsible for needlessly killing tens of thousands in Iraq -- he pretends the end (his ideological desire) justifies the means.